Friday, January 20, 2012

Deworming: Have you done it recently?

WARNING: Graphically gross pictures. Please do not look at them if you're the squeamish type.

A couple of days ago, we've noticed that Peanuts was dragging her butt all over the floor and whimpering about it. At first, I was thinking, maybe it was because of the mange since she's been playing with Coal and Ginger.

Since our vaccination date was coming to a close, I told myself that what better time but now, to ask the vet about her behavior. He told us it may possibly come from worms since we haven't had her "purged" ever since we got her. This was because the person we got her from told us that she had been dewormed recently already.

So I've decided to have her dewormed immediately after her shot. It's been 2 days and the vet was right on the money. I was amazed on the sheer number of worms Peanuts let out of her system.

Immediately after getting home: Small Segments

1st Day: Diarrhea and mucoidal poop with no worms accounted for.

2nd Day: First hour, tape worms!!! Long and many in a cluster! And 1 live roundworm wondering further from the litter spot.

Or what's left of them. Apparently, ants just love a wormy meal.

2nd Attempt to Poop on the 2nd Day: Nothing comes out except two more roundworms stuck in her bottom! Since my beau is a nurse, he pulled them out himself. They were even trying to get back in- THE NERVE!

If the wormies don't get , pull it out gently because there's a tendency that they'll break. 

3rd Attempt to Poop on the 2nd Day: More roundworms in a cluster.

I don't want to know what's inside that black poop. 

Now, to get to the nitty gritty part of talking about Deworming...

Are humans susceptible to their pet's worms?

Yes. Children especially, who have not normally developed their immune systems are prone to catching worms. Toxocara canis are roundworms from dogs.

If humans come into contact with contaminated feces, there is a possibility to contract a disease called Toxocara. Although, it's very rare.

For cats, these worms are called Toxicara cata.

What pet worms can humans contract?

1. Roundworms

2. Hookworms

3. Ringworm (which isn't actually a worm but a fungus)

4. Tapeworms

Lastly, people cannot contract heartworms because the moment the carrier (usually a mosquito) injects it in our blood stream, it usually gets attacked by our oh-so-awesome immune system.

How can I help prevent these worms from infesting Fido's system?

Simple, regular deworming!

One more thing, use dog medicine for dogs. Some people try to save money by buying Mebendazole for children. Antihelmintic medicine will never be as effective as Dewormers for dogs.

Boost your dogs immune system by feeding him correctly and providing the proper vitamins. Yes, it will be a little expensive than not spending on supplements, but (as the age old saying goes) remember "PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE".
Lastly, dogs who are happy and mentally stimulated daily are less prone to stress. So, don't forget that playing with your dogs for 15-30 minutes a day and walking them can dramatically help improve a dog's health.

Observe proper hygiene.

Peanuts has been licking the floors starting 2 weeks ago. So one more thing, try to prevent your dog from licking floors and stray animals.

How often should I deworm my dog?
Adult dogs- Once every 3 months

Puppies starting 2 weeks to 12 weeks of age- once in every two weeks

Pregnant and Lactating Bitches- before mating, after 6 weeks into her pregnancy, after giving birth and while feeding her puppies with her milk.
It's always best to ask the vet for advice when it comes to the frequency and dosage for your dog.

23 comments:

  1. Useful information Haopee - hope Peanuts is OK now - love from Magic xx

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    1. Thanks Magic. Peanuts is feeling WAYY BETTER. She no longer drags her booty on the floor. Well continue her deworming until her last shot is administered. Then it will be one a 3rd month basis.

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  2. Indiana had worms a bit ago, but luckily I never saw anything come out!! UGH!! I didn't know deworming was even a thing, so this post has been very interesting. Indiana tends to eat lots of naughty things off of the sidewalk if I'm not watching him closely (including throw up and garbage.)

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    1. Well, Peanuts is a real licker. She loves licking the floors and I have to follow her almost everywhere to correct her. This is important especially if I want her to understand that what she's doing is not good.

      I'm glad you liked my post.

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  3. Discustingly great post! Somebody had to talk about it! LOL!

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    1. LOL. I know what you mean. I was pretty grossed out seeing it. And I couldn't stop thinking of it and how Peanuts was feeling with all those wormies out.

      She's definitely better now.

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  4. Great post and my mom almost puked when she was the pics hahaha! Cleaning up dog poo from the yard and whenever I poop on my walks is also a good way to keep worms away, as well as keeping fleas away as they can cause tape worms
    Dachshund Nola

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    1. True. It's important to clean those dog poop. And a little disinfecting goes a long way. Please tell your mom I'm sorry. If it's any consolation, I kept thinking of it for an entire day.

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  5. Gross piccies, but great info!

    Slobbers
    xxx

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    1. Thanks Sampy and Crew.

      Yes, grossly disturbing, isn't it?

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  6. Poor Peanuts! Hope she finishes her worm purge soon.

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    1. Thanks Tegan.

      We will definitely stick to the schedule. And I'll probably ask the vet about the nematocide he used. It really killed those things.

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  7. OMD, how did we not find this blog before??? We have appreciated so much all your comments, now time for us to do the same.

    Worms are disgusting - so glad you found out that Peanuts had them. We all take a monthly dose of Interceptor for our heartworm, plus it covers a lot of other parasites.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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    1. Lol, That's okay OP. My profile was previously in private so even if you guys were to click on my name, you still wouldn't have been able to go here. ^_^

      Thanks for visiting. Yes I've heard of Interceptor. I'll check it out. I used to use Bayer Advocate on my dog Buchi because it was good for mange and other parasites.

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  8. Ahhh! That worm coming out of peanuts bum is my worse nightmare!! Do the vets in your area recommend deworming that often?? The vets I know don't, only if the dog is showing signs. The only thing they recommend is the heart worm once a month, which I do. Rocket had worms when we got him, and the major sign was his potbelly appearance. I didn't really see worms like that, I think I might've seen worms a little one day mixed in with his poo. Also, if your dog is rubbing his rear on the floor and it's not parasites, it can be his anal glands are backed up. This post was interestingly gross! But most people dont talk about the gross things and I love that you do!

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    1. Hey Y&R, I was a little concerned that she might have had a problem with her anal glands but the vet checked her booty and didn't see signs of those.

      Next, this was Peanuts' 2nd time to be dewormed ever since she was brought to the vet so I guess I was expecting those wormies in poop... BUT NEVER ON THE BOOTY!

      I'm just glad it's out of her system.

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  9. That was soooo gross - but you did warn us!! Glad you talked about it though - it's good to know our humans know how to look after us :)

    Have a fun weekend,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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    1. I knew even with the warning, you guys would still want to see it.

      I think even us humans have this burgeoning curiosity that even though we are warned, we still push through given that we know we are safe from harm.

      I'm partially grateful that my camera didn't have the best clarity capabilities.

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  10. Grooooooooss! And cool. Glad you are all better Peanuts!

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    1. Yes, Peanuts is definitely better.

      Thank you for your concern.

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    1. Aww Rumpy. Don't.

      You might have a bad meal day.

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  12. just found this post, fantastically gross. love it!!! and very informative :)

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